AWESOME SIMULATION: A Flight Through the Universe, by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey @ ONLY 1,262,304,000,000,000 times the speed of light.
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2012 2:50 PM
Subject: AWESOME SIMULATION: A Flight Through the Universe, by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey @ ONLY 1,262,304,000,000,000 times the speed of light.
What would Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei
have said about this simulation?
But ... BUT ... everything in this simulation is still on THIS SIDE of The Event Horizon!
This animated flight through the universe was made by Miguel Aragon of Johns Hopkins University with Mark Subbarao of the Adler Planetarium and Alex Szalay of Johns Hopkins.
There are close to 400,000 galaxies in the animation, with images of the actual galaxies in these positions (or in some cases their near cousins in type) derived from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 7.
Vast as this slice of the universe seems, its most distant reach is to redshift 0.1, corresponding to roughly 1.3 billion light years from Earth.
SDSS Data Release 9 from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), led by Berkeley Lab scientists, includes spectroscopic data for well over half a million galaxies at redshifts up to 0.8 -- roughly 7 billion light years distant -- and over a hundred thousand quasars to redshift 3.0 and beyond.
For more information about BOSS and the latest data release, go to http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fnewscenter.lbl.gov%2Fnews-releases%2F2012%2F08%2F08%2Fboss-sdss-dr9%2F&session_token=ZZjKmWXM1I9xKNrc9MFxM-rbM8B8MTM0NDcyMTA4N0AxMzQ0NjM0Njg3.
To move across the milky way would take light 40,000 years, and this video spans the distance of a galaxy in a millisecond or two.
So, 40,000 years is 14,610,000 days, is 350,640,000 hours, is 21,038,400,000 minutes, is 1,262,304,000,000 seconds, is 1,262,304,000,000,000 milliseconds.
If we say that that the "camera" in this video is spanning the distance of a milky-way sized galaxy in 1 millisecond, then it's traveling at 1,262,304,000,000,000 times the speed of light.
VERY rough estimate.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Private Attorney General, 18 U.S.C. 1964
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